CM Punk's victory lap as AEW world champion will have to wait. Punk announced on Friday's episode of AEW Rampage that he is injured and will undergo surgery.
Punk assured fans that this was a temporary setback and that he would not be retiring.
Punk shared the news just five days after he beat "Hangman" Adam Page for the world title at AEW Double or Nothing.
The former WWE champion delivered an emotional speech about his desire to perform at his best for the AEW audience.
"The bad news is I'm injured and I need surgery," Punk said. "A couple of things are broken. The biggest thing is my heart because I love nothing more than performing for you and I wanted to go on one hell of a run.
That's the bad news. The good news is I can still do all that. I told you I was going to go until the wheels fall off. Well, the wheels are still there.
They haven't fallen off. It's just that one of them happens to be broken. But I've come back from worse."
Punk revealed that he was willing to relinquish the AEW world championship, but AEW founder Tony Khan advocated against it.
There was initially confusion as to the future of the AEW world title. Chris Jericho, who serves as both an in-ring performer and commentator in AEW, noted during the broadcast that Punk was relinquishing his belt.